Mike and I have been talking about switching to a different bulb (kelvin) when the XM 10k's we're running now are ready to be changed. What are you guys running for SE bulbs currently or in the past and what about those bulbs did you like/dislike? also, what might you recommend if you had to pick new SE bulbs in the near future?
I believe we're going to switch to something with more blue in it which opens the door to numerous SE bulbs. XM makes a 15k, Hamilton makes a 14k, both companies make 20k, and so on. We are not limited to those two manufacturers, I'm just using them as an example.
The bulbs will be powered by standard PFO ballasts, we'll need 4 of them (250w), and they'll be running inside our lumenarc mini's. We don't want anything that's going to make the entire tank look like it's only running actinics, and we of course want good color/growth from whatever we end up with.
I like the Aquaconnect 14k SE bulbs but there only seems to be two US retailers (both of which are sold out), and they want $115 each for them.
It's understandable that most SE bulbs in this category will have about 1/2 the PAR that the 10k XM's have, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Some people on RC seem to have issues with the XM 10k's actually burning corals if their lighting periods are more then about 6 hours.
Thanks for all input.